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Carlsen, who trained at the Danish Royal Academy before arriving in the US in 1872, is an artist who can fetch anything from £500-50,000 at auction. Judging by the number of American dealers interested in the painting, this Chardin-like still life was clearly a fine example by the artist and it had the added attraction of being in untouched condition and with a provenance stretching back half a century to the New York Sketch Club, which still holds exhibitions at its brownstone house at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York.